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Ms White, Trump’s nominee for environmental advisor, is obviously clueless on some of the basic environmental issues we are facing today.

She would not be able to stand up to a classroom of fifth-graders.

This is our president, picking the “very best people” for every top government position in his quest to make America great again.

White attended Stanford University and received her Bachelor’s and Masters’s in East Asian studies and comparative religion. She also started, but did not complete, doctoral work at Princeton University for a degree in Comparative Religion. She also started, but did not complete, her law degree from Texas Tech University.

— Wikipedia

It’s odd that Trump would pick somebody with extensive studies in Comparative Religion. I don’t have the feeling that we are in good hands with this woman advising our president on environmental issues. Where does Trump even find these people? Surely, picking from 300 million Americans, he could have found a person more qualified than her? Perhaps somebody that has actually studied environmental science, or any science?

I am sure I would personally have known more about the issues Congress grilled this woman about than she did. But alas, I did not get nominated.

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Ladies and Gentlemen…

…the President of the United States!

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Dictator Trump is Frustrated

Trump said it was the “saddest thing” that “because I’m the president of the United States I am not supposed to be involved with the Justice Department. I am not supposed to be involved with the FBI. I’m not supposed to be doing the kind of things that I would love to be doing. And I’m very frustrated by it.”

Mr. President, you’re not a king or a dictator. The American people elected you president of the United States. That means you can appoint people and thus set broad ideological priorities. They didn’t elect you to be the top law enforcement authority or the top judiciary.

The heads of governments in totalitarian systems act like that, or in monarchies.

None of those have ended well in the last century.

America is a democracy, foremost, and we have a system of checks and balances to protect the country from — people like you!

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What I seriously do not understand is who the 81% of Republicans are that approve of Trump.

The “grab them by the pussy” attitude does not bother them? The constant lying? The fact that he does not take responsibility for his actions, or gaffes? The fact that he can’t put a coherent sentence together? The reckless putting at risk our soldiers and, really, all of us? The fact that he does not do his constitutional duty and enforce the sanctions against Russia? He is supposed to protect the country against all enemies, foreign and domestic. There is a clear and present foreign enemy. That does not bother the 81%?

I really have a hard time wrapping my head around that.

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So I just saw this meme on my Facebook feed, and I find it almost personally insulting.

First, I am not a Democrat to begin with. All my life, I have been an independent, and I have always voted for the character, the person, and not the party. I happen to agree with some of the core principles the Republican party stands for, and I happen to agree with some of the core principles of the Democratic party.

Donald Trump does not believe in conservative values or liberal values. In my opinion, Donald Trump is a disturbed personality. He was a registered Democrat from August 2001 through September 2009. Donald Trump is now a Republican just because it suits his current ambitions and it works. Donald Trump will always be what’s best for Donald Trump at the time.

When Trump tells us he is fighting for the American people he is lying. Trump is in this for himself and his ego. He wanted to be president because that looked good on the resume for a narcissist. He conned the American people into voting for him. How now has what he wanted. He is in the history books. That’s what it was all about.

Trump does not believe in conservative or liberal values, Trump believes in  whatever it takes to make him money and feel good about himself.

Trump, the brilliant business man started many projects costing hundreds of millions of dollars that then failed. When they failed, rather than owning up to them and paying for the devastation himself, he “used the system” and filed for bankruptcy. He calls that “smart.” I call that flushing other people’s money down the toilet. When the real estate market crashed and the value of my property went to 35% of what I paid for it, I hung on, paid the mortgages every month for the last 10 years, and even now I am not back to 100% yet. I signed a contract with a bank, and I lived up to my obligations under that contract. In contrast, when Trump’s casino failed, and he filed for bankruptcy, the steel workers, the carpenters, the cooks, the maids, the landscapers, and the stockholders of the banks that held his loans all paid for the damage, and Trump walked away with his money in his pocket. He “used the system.” Trump is living off of the rest of us. Trump, the brilliant business man, sucks those around him dry and then he casts them aside.

Trump, the brilliant negotiator, can’t even negotiate any legislation in Congress controlled by his own party.

Trump, the brilliant leader, attacks those that work for him and around him, undermines them, ridicules them, and casts them aside when they are no longer convenient to him. This is not be behavior of a leader, who takes responsibility. This is the behavior of a bully and a coward.

I could go on and on about what I dislike about Trump, and none of it has anything to do with the Republican party.

Tell me what you like about Trump, and don’t say “he says it like it is” because he has no idea what it is like. He is lazy, uneducated, uncultured, and so full of himself that he doesn’t even know it.

And therefore he is dangerous.

 

 

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“The country, we took it over in 20 trillion you know the last eight years they borrowed more than it did in the whole history of our country. So they borrowed more than $10 trillion. Right? And yet we picked up $5.2 trillion just in the stock market. Possibly picked up the whole thing in terms of the first nine months. In terms of value. So you can say in one sense, we are really increasing values and may be in a sense, we are reducing debt. We are very honored by it and very, very happy by what’s happening in Wall Street.”

Donald Trump in Hannity Interview

The self-proclaimed king of debt argues that since the stock market rose by $5 trillion, that somehow offsets the national debt.

The stock market enriches corporations and investors. The national debt is carried by the people. You can reduce debt by spending less, or raising taxes, neither of which Trump is suggesting. He is pounding on Obama for increasing the debt, yet his proposed tax cuts are bound to skyrocket the debt.

That’s just not how it works, Mr. President. Trying to dumb America down some more?

And Hannity, thanks for the “tough” question. Definitely dumbing down America.

 

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“Four score and seven years ago…”

“Ask not what your country can do for you…”

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself…”

Those are two of the most memorable phrases from presidential speeches, and they have entered into the very fabric of our nation’s history.

President Obama was an excellent orator, and I believe that was one of the major contributors to his meteoric rise. Critics spent years ridiculing him for reading from a teleprompter. I don’t agree. I have personally given many a speech in my life, never with a teleprompter, and never with a deck of cards or sheet of paper. I know a bit about what it takes to give a powerful speech, and I know that Obama is one of the outstanding orators of our time. Yes, he needs a teleprompter because there are not enough hours in the day for him to memorize all these speeches. But it was always obvious to me that he knew what he was talking out. When Obama spoke, he spoke from within, and the teleprompter was there to make sure he didn’t miss his points. It never felt like Obama was reading.

President Trump, in contrast, is a completely inadequate speaker. He did not get elected for his oratorical skills. Trump cannot even form a coherent sentence on his own, let alone speak. He spouts trite soundbites, and he repeats them for effect. When Trump speaks from the teleprompter, he sounds wooden, like he is reading his material.

Trump is so bad, that the media praise him when he simply reads, in his wooden, stilted way, a speech without going off script. He is so transparent that we know immediately when he is off script, since he sprinkles in Trumpisms like “believe me” or “that I can tell you” which no speech writer would ever insert. Trump does not speak any better than an average fifth-grader even when he reads.

The bar of presidential speeches is now so low that we praise the president when he reads a statement and stays on track, like he did in response to the Las Vegas shooting. In the future, our textbook examples of presidential speeches will highlight:

“Four score and seven years ago…”

“Ask not what your country can do for you…”

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself…”

“That I can tell you….”

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Here is Tom Price, the authority on reckless spending, who has just shown us how, given enough backing by a corrupt administration, spending other people’s money on your own comfort is easy.

And Trump started throwing him under the bus, since Price is not really part of the billionaire’s club he likes to hang out with. Price is rich, but not quite rich enough to own his own jet. So Trump didn’t “like the optics.”

I paid over $30,000 in federal taxes last year. Just enough for one of Price’s day trips to have lunch with his son in Oklahoma.

Are we about done with the notion that someone who has spent his life ripping other people off and getting very rich doing it understands how the common people live?

Seriously, are we still convinced that this gang of corrupt con men are in it for the good of the American people?

It’s all about them. In a few years we’ll read the tell-all books and shudder. We have been conned big time.

 

 

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The King and His People

Interesting. The president actually calls federal government relief workers “my people.” If I were a government employee, I would be so deeply insulted. It’s not like I was working for the Trump organization. He thinks the government is “his” now. What does he think he is, king?

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There are People who Praise Trump

There are people who praise Trump.

Even now.

I don’t get it.

These people are serious.

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Thank you, Stalin. Thank you because I am joyful. Thank you because I am well. No matter how old I become, I shall never forget how we received Stalin two days ago. Centuries will pass, and the generations still to come will regard us as the happiest of mortals, as the most fortunate of men, because we lived in the century of centuries, because we were privileged to see Stalin, our inspired leader … Everything belongs to thee, chief of our great country. And when the woman I love presents me with a child the first word it shall utter will be : Stalin …

—  A. V. Avidenko’s “Hymn to Stalin”

 

On behalf of the entire senior staff around you, Mr. President, we thank you for the opportunity and the blessing that you’ve given us to serve your agenda and the American people.

— Reince Priebus at Cabinet Meeting

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The Administration and the GOP are now heading for tax reform. They want to cut taxes. I read that to mean:

  1. Lower taxes for the rich and Trump’s cronies
  2. Burden the country with more debt to account for those tax cuts
  3. Give the middle-class a one-time check of a few hundred dollars that is enough to pay for one trip to Costco – just to make them feel good.

Trump supporters want lower taxes, and they believe their hero that those couple of hundred dollars (IF THAT) is their fair share.

To support this initiative, Trump tells his supporters that the United States has one of the highest tax burdens in the world. That is simply not true whatsoever.

Trump lies.

It takes about 5 seconds to google and see the reality:

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Source: Taxfoundation.org. Check this site for a wealth of more information.

This shows that the United States is actually below average.

I am not saying that paying taxes like they do in Belgium or Germany is good. I am just saying that Trump lied to his followers, whom he obviously considers too lazy or stupid to look up the facts for themselves.

Trump wants to cut taxes for billionaires. And the middle-class, the unemployed coal miners, “the milk people,” the Carrier workers that just lost their jobs in Indiana, they are still supporting Trump.

Trump is raiding this country for himself, his clan, and his cronies in the fossil fuel business, and the Russian mob, and the American people are blind to it and somehow think this is good for them.

One day, after 2018, or after 2020, we will all wake up with massively more national debt, less jobs for the lower and middle class, less education for all, and we’ll realize we have been duped. That is if we’re not in some new massive war with a new adversary like Iran or North Korea that he starts just to crank up the military industrial complex.

Trump is Making America Stupid Again.

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Well, you know, we’re going for 15 [percent]. We’re going to see, and we’ll see. But, you know, I don’t want to say anything about negotiation. I mean, we are asking for 15 percent, and we think we’re going to grow tremendously. So I deal with foreign countries, and despite what you may read, I have unbelievable relationships with all of the foreign leaders. They like me. I like them. You know, it’s amazing.

So I’ll call, like, major — major countries, and I’ll be dealing with the prime minister or the president. And I’ll say, how are you doing? Oh, don’t know, don’t know, not well, Mr. President, not well. I said, well, what’s the problem? Oh, GDP 9 percent, not well. And I’m saying to myself, here we are at like 1 percent, dying, and they’re at 9 percent and they’re unhappy. So, you know, and these are like countries, you know, fairly large, like 300 million people. You know, a lot of people say — they say, well, but the United States is large. And then you call places like Malaysia, Indonesia, and you say, you know, how many people do you have? And it’s pretty amazing how many people they have. So China’s going to be at 7 [percent] or 8 percent, and they have a billion-five, right? So we should do really well.

But in order to do that — you know, it’s tax reform, but it’s a big tax cut. But it’s simplification, it’s reform, and it’s a big tax cut, 15 –

— Donald Trump, Wall Street Journal, July 25, 2017 in the Oval Office – Read the full transcript here.

This shows how well Trump understands how economies work. How that man got rich is beyond me. Was it all money laundering, stiffing contractors, and walking away from failing projects?

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Do Something, Mr. President

Ludicrous, Mr. President. The world is not watching. The world is scratching its head.

If you want a health plan, please stop tweeting, stop playing golf, stop wasting time and taxpayer travel money on silly campaign rallies. You are the president.

Get to work and come up with a plan, a good plan, such a good plan and so cheap, one where everybody will win, and all the Republicans and most of the Democrats will vote for it. It’s actually quite simple.

If you want to have a plan that allows people to buy across state lines, work on such a plan, and present it, and we’ll all support it. You don’t need to kick 26 million people off their health insurance to create a market that allows people to buy across state lines.

To use your own words: It’ll be great, and it’ll be so easy.

Do something, Mr. President!

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